Alpha Introduces Xtra-Guard® Cat5e Ethernet Cable

Alpha Cat5e Ethernet Cable Added to Xtra-Guard Cable LineIndustrial Ethernet cables are the newest addition to Alpha Wire’s line of Xtra-Guard® products. This new group of Cat5e cables features Alpha’s Xtra-Guard® 4 jacket, made with ruggedized TPE. These cables are ideal for Ethernet applications requiring flexibility and durability in harsh environments.

Xtra-Guard® Cat5e Ethernet cables are available with FEP (-50°C to 125°C) or Polyethylene (-50°C to 105°C) insulation, and can be unshielded, foil shielded, or combination shielded. Alpha’s Supra-Shield® combination shielding consists of aluminum/polyester/aluminum foil and a tinned copper braid. This material provides excellent noise protection without sacrificing flexibility.

These rugged Cat5e cables also resist UV and fluids, and pass the UL 1666 Riser Flame Test, as well as the CSA FT-4 Flame Test. Alpha’s Xtra-Guard® Ethernet cables are approved for NFPA 79 applications.

For more information on Alpha’s Xtra-Guard® Cat5e cables, email or comment below.

About awcwire
Allied Wire & Cable is a value-added manufacturer and distributor of electrical wire and cable, tubing, and more. We are a family owned and operated company, serving a wide range of industries, including the military, automotive, aerospace, and telecommunications markets. Allied is headquartered in Collegeville, PA. Additional locations can be found across the US, in Phoenix, AZ; Bedford, NH; Pewaukee, WI; Rochester, NY, Tampa, FL; and Mt. Juliet, TN. For more information on Allied, visit our main website at

7 Responses to Alpha Introduces Xtra-Guard® Cat5e Ethernet Cable

  1. Mike Levine says:

    Interested in pricing & technical info on Xtra-Guard Cat5e

  2. Cat5e cable says:

    What is the difference between cat5e and cat6 cable?

    • awcwire says:

      One of the biggest differences between Cat5e cable and Cat6 cable is speed. Cat5e can operate at up to 100MHz, while Cat6 can handle a higher frequency – up to 250MHz.

      There is a bit of disagreement in the industry over whether Cat6 is truly worth its added cost over Cat5e cable. Some consider Cat6 an investment for the future because they have the most up-to-date cable in their application. Others believe that Cat5e cable works about as well as its Cat6 counterpart in most of today’s networks, even though it is certified for 100 Base-TX 1000 Base-T applications, rather than gigabit use.

      To see specs for some Cat5e and Cat6 cables, visit

  3. I want to install a network in my commercial premises.. So can you please guide me that whether i use cat5e Ethernet cable or cat6 Ethernet cable?

    • awcwire says:

      Your best bet is to go with Cat6 Ethernet Cable. Cat6 provides better performance and faster transfer speeds than Cat5e. And while Cat5e cable only supports frequencies up to 100 MHz, Cat6 actually supports up to 250 MHz. Also, Cat6 is a great choice if you want to future-proof your application. Cat6 is slightly more expensive than Cat5e, but it will benefit you more in the long run.

      If you’d like more info or want to discuss your application’s specific needs, please let us know, and we’d be happy to have one of our sales reps contact you.

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